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Wind Turbine and Wind Energy Buying Guide

What Is Renewable Energy? Renewable energy is energy that is generated from renewable natural resources - such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, and geothermal heat. Wind energy comes from a natural process on earth that is replenished constantly and that does not run out. Using wind energy is a cleaner alternative to burning fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline. Using wind energy also contributes less to environmental pollution, and both solar and wind energy can be less expensive over time than energy that is made from burning fossil fuels.

Whether you are looking for an entire system for your home or farm or you are just interested in supplying power to a hard-to-reach structure ("off the grid"), Tractor Supply can help with your wind energy needs. Visit or call your local TSC store for more information about home wind generators.

What is a Wind Turbine?

Wind turbines are often used to power structures that are not attached to regular electric supply, or structures that are "off the grid". Examples include barns, stables, cabins or other structures on farms or beyond the reach of an electric power line.

Wind turbines have large, wind-catching "fins" that spin around as the wind blows; creating motion around an axle that is used to generate electricity. Think of a pin-wheel, only much bigger and attached to an electrical circuit.

Wind turbines can be very large or smaller in size depending on the amount of electricity that is needed. Tractor Supply Co. carries do-it-yourself (DIY) wind turbines that are scaled to a size appropriate for a home or farm. Visit your local Tractor Supply Co. store to find out more about how to build or install your own wind turbine.

How is Wind Turbine Power Stored?

Much like a solar panel, wind turbines store electricity using batteries. This enables the excess power that is generated by the wind turbine to be used during times when the wind is not blowing.

Wind generators connect to inverters, which enable you to connect wind-generated power to appliances or other things which you would normally power with electricity. You can also use a wind generator to contribute to your existing household power that is normally provided by a local utility, potentially reducing your electric bill substantially. This is called a "grid-tied" system.

In a grid tied system, a wind generator is attached directly to your home through your power meter. Your home remains attached to the regular power lines, and power produced from the wind generator is logged by the meter. Just like the meter logs how much energy is used, it will keep track of how much energy is produced by the wind generator. Your electric bill will reflect this. With enough wind you could bring your electric bill down to zero or even sell the excess electricity you generate back to your local utility! Check with your local municipality to find out what it would take to set up a power-sharing arrangement in your area.

Here is a wind map of the United States showing areas of the country where there are high vs. low amounts of wind. Areas with low amounts of wind would be less likely to reap the benefits of wind turbine power than areas with high average winds.